THE 0ttfrgment g$tat of (E&rfet No. 17. OCTOBER, the 1st. Price 2d. Mystery of Lot and his daughters continued — of the planets Lucifer and Venus — shewing thereby the transition from evil to good — of Laban and Jacob — shewing what is meant by the goats being ring-streaked > speckled and spotted \ and the sheep brown. putting off the mortal clothing and putting on the immortal. He found that he must go farther than to Zoar, he must go into God himself, the mountain, the Lord of Hosts, the holy mountain. This is the journey's end, the consummation, the end for which he was called out of Ur, i. e. out of the fire. See Genesis, ch. xi. 28, 29, 30, 31. He must go into the mountain and dwell in the cave, h e. in the secret place of the Most High, and now he is at home, he abides under the shadow of the Almighty. (See Psalm xci. 1.) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide un- der the shadow of the Almighty. Read the psalm through, and hear now what it says to Lot, or Zion, the man of God. Here is his strong tower of defence, here is the land where the foot of man never before trod ; to be brought into union with God, to be in God, to be clothed upon with the "hea- venly house," made a partaker of the divine nature, dwell- ing in the cave, shut in from every foe, passed from death to life. In this holy mount he hears the voice, saying, M thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased :"' and Lot answers, 4 5 O Lord I will praise thee, for though I have seen thine anger, though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away and thou comfortest me." "Thou hast made known unto me the ways of life, mine ear hast thou opened." " Thou wilt make me exceeding glad with thy countenance, my flesh also, shall, or do rest in hope, for thou hast not left my soul in hell, nor suffered thine holy- one to see corruption." Blessed be the Lord, for he hath s 194 shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city; I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes; neverthe- less thou heardst the voice of my supplication, when T cried unto thee. So blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord iniptiteth not iniquity, and in whose spirit is no guile. Lot now drinks and forgets his poverty and remembers his misery no more; his two daughters give him sweet wine to drink, and he lies down in the bed of rest ; he rests from his labour, and his daughters lie with him. By his faith, his mind, by his wife, he begat these two, i. e. he sees now that the decree of God is fulfilled respecting the bringing of the divine and human nature together. He is gone into the decree; in him and by him is fulfilled the decree respecting both, they are full, they are pregnant, they are fulfilled by him. His two daughters — the eldest is the state of mind that he was in, formerly under the influence or strange working of the Spirit, in preparing him for his after state, or his present state, by which Moab was begotten, or by which he became Moab. His extreme coveting, or longing after the knowledge of the divine name, proves him to be the vessel designed to bear the name of the Lord ; by this covet- ing or longing or intense desiring after wisdom he became Moab; in whom should be put the water of life, and the fuller's soap, which is the word of truth ; and so he be- comes the Lord's washpot — " Moab is my washpot." His youngest daughter is his present state, into which he has begotten himself by his faith ; he has put off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. By this daughter he has begotten Ben-ammi — Ben signifies a son, or a build- ing, or understanding ; Ammi signifies mother, or the people, i. e. the son of God, the Saviour, -the deliverer, now appears in mount Zion. (See Romans, xi. 26.) The build- ing of God, the house not made with hands, i. e. not by man's wisdom or craft,) but eternal, in the Heavens. The heavenly truth is now come, which is that mansion of glory and dignity which no power can destroy ; a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof can be loosed, nor one of the cords broken. This building of God is now raised up, and the top stone is brought forth with shouting, crying grace, grace unto it. The earthly taber- 195 rrncle is taken down and the ark of the covenant is rested upon mount Arrarat, the same is mount Zion. The creature who endured the trembling, (the meaning of Arrarat,) the mother now is come; the Am mi, that principle of light and love, that shall bring man forth to a new life, or into a new world. This is the true light that lighteneth every man that cometh into this world ; this world of light and glory, this world of right reason, and of just and true and righteous un- derstanding. The people are now gathered together, i. e. the beauties of the Scriptures that were scattered abroad — (See James, ch. i.) The twelve tribes are gathered toge- ther in one, to whom the exhortation in the above chapter is given. Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, or trials of the mind, or tribulations; yes, we count it all joy, because the tribulation has worked patience, and pa- tience experience, and experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our heart, by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. And what is the Holy Ghost"? is it not the apparition of Jesus Christ^ he that is risen from the dead, he that liveth and was dead. And behold, I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and death. Now Lot is lost in the contemplation of his two daugh- ters; he sees now that the work has been carried on while he , was as it were asleep ; and this union of God and man in love (which is the true Adam) was brought about while he was asleep — just as the Scriptures say, (Psalm cxxvi,) " When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion we were like them that dream, then was our mouth filled with laugh- ter and our tongue with praise; then said they among the heathen the Lord hath done great things for them ; the Lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad." Again see Mark, ch. iv. v. 26, so is " the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into his ground, (the man here signi- fies God, the ground signifies man, the creature in whom the word is sown) and sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up he knoweth not how." Thus Lot, the pleasure he derives from the contemplation of all that has taken place in him, before, and of what he is now come to (as it were) intoxicates him; these are they that give him the sweet wine, the new wine of the kingdom. He 196 is the only man on earth that could have to do with these two daughters. His first state is Moab, his after state is Ben- ammi; Moab is the human nature, Benammi is the divine; and these twain make the one new man, Christ Jesus. Here are the two mighty and strong nations, Moab and Ben- ammi, or Amon, i. e. the faithful and true witness, the Amen ; the bright and morning star, the beginning of the creation of God. So Moab is Lot and Lot is Moab ; it is all one thing. And now Moab is full of the water and the soap, i. e. the word of righteousness, to wash the filthy garments and make them clean, to wash the filth from men's under- standings and sprinkle clean water upon them ; so you see Moab is the Lord's washpot or washtub, in whom is the suds to perform this. So now we have found the tub and the suds are prepared, let all go to washing, and you will soon be cleansed from the filth of superstition and religious ignorance, and the mummery and mock worship of crafty priests, who lie in wait to deceive ; whose object is to fill their pockets with your money, get themselves a great name, to be called Rabbi, Rabbi, and keep the people in ignorance, and threaten you with excommunication if you dare to en- quire into their principles or doubt their pretensions; all they say you must hear, you are not allowed to think, enquire, or judge for yourself. But we tell them that we shall see them all in the ditch together, for God has not sent such ; and now is the time that men shall know it, and men shall know the truth, and the truth shall make them free from their delusions and bondage. Well, we must now come to Sudsbrown and shew how the dark dragon over Sudsbrown had his head in Stafford town and his tail in Ireland. Now there is not any thing in nature but is all ordered and directed by the God, or source of nalure, and formed by that invisible, infinite intelligence to represent how he should become man in the end ; manifesting his own beauties in the human character. True he has been in man always, as God, but not according to to the fulness of his name, i. e. good ; there was one letter wanting, one O, one world was not found. He was known by his name God Almighty, but not by his name Jehovah, good, (see Exodus, vi. 3,) and the words of a certain poet upon this point are very true : 197 Every plant and flower Sets forth God's mighty power. Not in the mere formation and growth of the plants and flowers, but what every plant and flower was designed to represent ; because they are all correspondencies to divine things, which of all sciences is the most delightful to contem- plate; to climb, (as another writer says,) from nature up to nature's God. The wonders of the sunflower or turn- soul are very great, and its virtues and power in removing disorders from the human body will scarcely be credited; we know however that the flower of this plant always turns towards the sun ; it is faithful to that planet even in a cloudy day, and follows its course directly. The author of the Chymical Hercules, Planis Campy, says that the dew from the sunflower or turnsoul will cure all diseases. We will notice first its following the sun so faithfully. It is designed to shew how the humanity of Christ should be faithful unto God, and that is why it is called turnsoul ; because the time should come when man's vile body (vile mind) the body of sin should be changed, and he should bear the image of God. As the sunflower is like the sun in appearance, and turns towards it all the day, so should man, in due time, turn to God and dwell in the enjoyment of the divine life, and bear the likeness of his Creator, whose wisdom, power, love and influence should be so shed abroad that man should be at- tracted by it, ever to live in the divine life. But in parti- cular it is to represent (in the first place) the first born in wisdom's day, as we have said above, the humanity of Christ, the one in whom he comes, to represent the faithful- ness of the creature, even in the cloudy and dark day. The dew coming upon the sunflower and having such virtue in it, represents the word of truth, the word of con- solation that cures the mind of its disorder and disease, con- tracted by falsehood, by false doctrines, which has set forth God in such a manner as to make men tremble at the thought of him instead of loving and adoring him. How can that man be at rest that believes that God hath made a race of beings to live here for a short time, and myriads of them having to struggle through the perplexities and trou- bles of the world, and after all to run the chance of being everlastingly damned, to live and die in fear and terror, s 2 198 which has been the case of millions of the human race, through the doctrines preached from the Bible by men who were totally ignorant of its true meaning"? how can men be happy while they are told by their teachers, (which is a doc- trine widely prevalent of late) that God hath by an eternal decree destined an infinite number of men to damnation, and a certain number to salvation ; and others that do not hold this doctrine immediately, yet the way which they have planned by which men are to get to Heaven, and escape the awful pit of fire and brimstone, where hope never comes, (as they say) the road they have filled with such briers and thorns, and so many miseries, and so many things there are to perform in order to please God, that the poor beings who receive their doctrines, and work by their rules, spend their days in gloom and die in misery ; and although they tell us of the numerous converts they make, and of the happy deaths of their believers, yet we do know that they do not enjoy that pleasure in their religion that they tell the world. They, even the preachers, have a secret fear ; yes, even the most pious of them, that they may yet fall into the lake of brimstone and fire. How can a man be happy till he sees that God hath not ordained such a state of woe for man, that there is no such a place at all. It is an abominable de- lusion, but it has been very profitable for priests, and the grand prop of priestcraft ; and now if the word of God is given to the sunflower to open the mystery of hell and death, and shew that (by the power of God) he has swal- lowed up death in victory, and destroyed both hell and the Devil, then is not this the dew from the sunflower or turn- soul the word of truth, that disperses the clouds of error, ignorance and superstition % And throughout all the Scrip- tures the word of truth, as it should come to mankind through the anointed one, is compared to dew. See Genesis, xxvii. 28. Exodus, xvi. 13. Deut. xxxii. 2. Ditto, xxxiii. 13. II Samuel, xvii. 12. Job, xxxviii. 28. Psalm, ex. 3. Ditto, exxxiii. 2. Proverbs, iii. 20. Ditto, xix. 12. Isaiah, xxxvi. 19. Daniel, iv. 15. Hos. xiv. 5. Zech. viii. 12. Of the vine much is said in Scripture, and naturalists say that the tears shed by the vine after pruning, if you know how to use them, will cure all diseases. This is designed by the author of nature to shew the sorrows and tribulations 199 that the man of God should go through, in having the wi- thered branches, and that that was superfluous (in the spi- ritual sense) and of no use but to prevent the growth of true knowledge, cut off and cast away. And these are nothing else but erroneous principles, the falsehood, called in Scrip- ture, sin, flesh, the letter, evil, iniquity, transgression. Now just as the vine must be pruned to make it flourish and be fruitful, so the Scriptures abundantly testify it should be with the creature who is selected above all others of the human race to bring forth the truth of the Scriptures, which are called grapes and wine ; he above all others is the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, < 4 Tears, (says the word) have been my meat day and night," again, " They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. These and nu- merous other texts point directly to this character, who is made the vine, to bear the word of truth, that now at the harvest, viz. the end of the world, the wine might be enjoyed by man. In the writings of Joanna Southcote there is a prophecy which says, I will prune the tree downwards. Some years after Joanna was dead this prophecy was explained to Miss Townley, who lived with Joanna for many years, and was a lady of education, and great sense and understanding, and was visited by the Spirit, by which she foretold future events which are in print. The above prophecy of Joanna's was explained to this lady by the Spirit thus : " My saying that I would prune the tree downward was a prophecy that I would cut down the highest man in the nation to make him an instrument in my hand to carry on my work. 1 ' Now Miss Townley no more than Joanna, knew the meaning of the Spirit, and Miss T. and her followers thought (that of course) the highest man in the nation must be the king, and having as well as the former prophetess, many proofs of the truth of the Spirit, yet not knowing the way of the Spirit, she set it down that the Spirit did certainly mean King George; and the error went abroad that King George was the character spoken of as the man child throughout the Scriptures and Joanna's writings. Here she made as great a mistake as Joanna did with her child — how- ever King George the Fourth never came forward as they 200 expected. Yet the prophecy is true, for the person that the Spirit intended now appears, who was the lowest of all men in his own estimation, yet was designed for this high calling and standing in the decree of God, for this, he was (in the sense of the Spirit) the highest, counted worthy of so high an office, but had to undergo a pruning and cutting, which cost him many tears and led him into many temptations. Before he could come into it, he had to be cut down in all his belief about Christ, and to renounce it all, (in the way he was brought up in it) which was all false, and which we have several times mentioned in the course of this work; and this was a painful operation indeed, for a man to pour out his soul unto death, to give up that by which alone he thought to be saved as all Christians do, which now he was to learn was all false and delusive, and that what is said in the Scrip- tures about Christ altogether was not reality, but prophecy put in the shape of histoiy, to be fulfilled in Zion ; this to a man so firmly riveted and grounded both in the belief and practice of religion in which I walked with the utmost de- gree of rigidity, and as Paul says, profited in it above many mine equals, to unlearn all this, and to cast it away as an un- clean thing, and as hateful filth, (which it is, ) must be cutting work to one so conscientious and scrupulous in the observa- tion of every Christian doctrine and practice, which all my family and acquaintance can testify was the case with me; I would sooner part with my life than omit a duty, or deny what I thought a Christian doctrine, and the cutting and pruning that I had to endure to produce the change, and to bring so obstinate a being to the true light, caused me to shed abundance of tears, and brought upon me the agony and bloody sweat mentioned in the Scriptures. But this must be borne to bring forth the true light ; so the tears of the true vine is for the healing of the nations, that is to say, these mental tribulations have brought forth the truth of the Scriptures that shall heal the minds of those that read them, because it is here shewn what hell is, what sin is, and what the devil is, and that these bug-bears are now no more. So by the stripes laid upon the Lord's anointed, whereby he is instructed into the true knowledge of the types, figures, and allegories of the Scriptures, ye are healed ; you wno believe are no longer terrified with hell and damnation, hell fire and 201 everlasting torments, the devil, &c. &c., because you see that the Lord's anointed one was made all these things, and in him they are overcome and done away. Then blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, blessed the kingdom of our father David, Hosanna in the highest. We might go on to speak of many plants and trees that are mentioned in Scripture, the nature, quality, and growth, and virtues of which afford matter for the most happy and blessed meditation and contemplation, to see how they w r ere types of the Lord's coming in Zion, in this latter day. In the willow, the exact form of the serpent is found, and in the misletoe the exact form of the sun, in which there is great wisdom concealed, which we will pass over here, but no doubt shall show for what purpose trees and plants of all kinds are formed as they are, and possess such wonderful virtues ; it is set forth in the Scriptures, and will be unfolded as we go on with this work, for the truth of all things are now discovered, and the beauties of nature will be all dilated unto the human mind in a way that was never thought of. We have just mentioned the sunflower or turn- soul (as it is called,) and the vine, merely to shew that nature has brought forth nothing in vain, neither has there any thing happened among men, in nations, kingdoms, states, cities, or towns, or families, that came by chance, but were all under the direction and guidance of that infinite source of wisdom and life, that we call God, and the understanding of all things, and the contemplation of them in their right order, and seeing their real use, will constitute the happiness of the enlightened mind, in this latter time and henceforth, for nought but shadows of this glory has yet been known, and therefore God in the new creation forms the mind to comprehend, and calls is expansion, or the firmament, all which is beautifully set forth in the book of Genesis, not the creation of the outward globe, but the new creation of man ; therefore says the word in the psalms, 4 ' praise God in the firmament of his power." Now Nixon was an idoit, but a prophet, even as much as Isaiah, or any other, and it will be recollected that he lived in Cheshire, and was called the Cheshire prophet ; and many predictions of his were fulfilled in his lifetime, and several afterwards, predictions concerning many circum- 202 stances relative to persons and families, and many other things ; but his prophecies are exceedingly deep, those which speak of the latter times, which some have tried to explain, as they have the Scriptures, but they have not had the key ; but his prophecies, like the Scriptures point to Christ's coming, and have their fulfilment in his human nature, (Zion) of whom, and the state in which he should be found, the Spirit speaks very mystically, which was impossible for any to understand, but he that has ears to hear (to wit) he in whom they are fulfilled, whose ear is bored, who should be afflicted by the powers of darkness, which the Spirit by the prophet calls the dark dragon. There shall be a dark dragon over Sudsbrown, Shall bring 1 with him a royal band, But their lives shall be forlorn ; His head shall be in Stafford Town, And his tail in Ireland Now this dark drag-on, is the Spirit of error, which has passed for truth among men, which has dragged us on hitherto, and made men submit to it, by representing God as some terrible being, who was more like a dragon than any thing else, for if he had prepared such a state of horrible punishment for the poor human race after death, he may well be compared to a dragon ; but these false doctrines preached to us have been indeed an horrible drag-on, and popes, and bishops, and priests, and parsons, under dark- ness have dragged on the human race till all are in the ditch, as the Scriptures say, " If the blind lead the blind, will not all fall into the ditch ! " Now we have before shewn what is meant by the suds, viz. that it is the word of God, and the character, in whom the word is, is brown, yes, it is true we assure you, and we will shew you from the Scrip- tures how, and he it is that is come (to use a plain phrase) to do all the clergy up brown. The self righteous perhaps may find fault with this expression, but we use it as a parable, and to a certain class of people, in particular, it will convey a strong meaning, and the highest will under- stand it as well ; but we know how many there are that are ready to make the writer an offender for a word, but these that are so foolish as to stumble, let them stumble. Now perhaps you know the agreement that Jacob made 203 with Laban, Genesis, chap. xxx. about his wages, viz. that the ring-streaked (or grizzled) speckled, and spotted goats were to be Jocob's, which Laban should give him for his wages, and all the brown among the sheep. Now we do not mean just now to go into all this account of Laban and Jacob that is here in this chapter to explain it ; but merely to say, that Laban and Jacob are two strong figures, designed to represent how the principle of bondage did (in God's creature) oppress the Spirit of life, which was struggling in him to come forth, for Laban and Jacob are only the one man, but in a state of warfare inwardly, between the two great powers. Laban represents the creature's state while he was walking in his own religion, still with the divine principle in him, that was ever looking to the fulfilment of the promise, as Jacob always during his long stay with Laban, longed for his father Isaac's house ; but the principle of self- righteousness (Laban) continually oppressed the principle of divine understanding, always keeping it down, loading it with religious observances and doctrines of men. So Jacob complained that Laban changed his wages ten time, and this is the tenth, or ten nations of evil that God required to be given up to the divine Spirit, and this is all that is meant by tithes in the Scriptures, to give up the evil or dark Spirit that oppresses the good. So if the Scriptures were understood, no one would pay tithes to parsons, it is to God, the Spirit of truth, that they must give up themselves. As- the principle of life, or faith in the Lord's anointed, (called Abraham,) gave tithes of all to Melchesidec, i. e. — fave up the human nature to the divine pleasure, gave up is own wisdom, preferring the wisdom of God, and now the elder serves the younger; "here are they that follow the lamb whithersoever he goeth," but in ignorance and self- righteousness, the creature ran on in self will before the Lord, and so became a thief, and a robber, Lucifer, but being cast down from Heaven, being broken in his purposes, by mental tribulation, and learning obedience by the things which he suffers, he is Venus. You see in the visible heavens the planet Venus in the morning going before the sun, then the planet is Lucifer ; but in the evening it follows the sun, then she is Venus, the sweet and charming goddess of love ; this planet was set in 204 tfe "heavens, to stand as a continual sign of the man of God (Zion, ) who should be the bringer in of light, which the word Lucifer signifies; but as he would run before God, through ignorance, his character was the devil, but when he submitted to the office designed him, and becomes obedient, then his character is Venus, the son of God, and as the day is always preceded by this planet, it shews that the true light of the word could not come before the charac- ter appeared to stand first in the evil, i. e. — to run on furiously in selfwill, thinking that he was doing right, for which he is cast down to hell .* As Venus or Lucifer takes her transit, going down under the globe, then rising as the evening star, and then following the sun, this represents the same person brought to obedience ; so the same who was the evil one is now become the good one; and here is the devil destroyed, and the son of God lives for evermore. And herein lies the whole of the Scripture mystery, and the mystery of the heathen mythology, and of all the mysteries of the Egyptians, and of astronomy, and of all the pro- phecies that ever were written ; and a notable passage on this point appears in Joanna Southcote's prophecy book, called Strange Effects of Faith, page 221. Because my sword you'll find it is my word, And the two stars upon the glittering 1 sword ; It is the morning star that doth appear, - And in the evening star doth now shine clear. Now as Laban an Jacob are figures to represent the one man, under the operation of the the two Spirits ; so the goats and the sheep represent the same thing, first, he is the goat, Capricornus, the one designed to bear the iniquities of the people, ring-streaked, speckled, and spotted, he had on him the mark of the everlasting covenant, though doomed to endure the curse, and to be made a curse, he had the earnest of the incorruptible inheritance in him, and walked with God in a degree, he was the Enoch, and had the testi- mony that he pleased God, according; to the disposition of the mind, for in all that he did, his aim and object was to do that that was right in God's sight. He believed in God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness, while he was yet * As the word saith, " How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, sun of he morning. 1 '